The toys are back in town – Tokyo plays host to fair


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Where else would you find the world’s weirdest, wildest toy show but in Japan?

The annual, four-day International Tokyo Toy Show is on now, featuring around 35,000 products by 150 global toy-makers. Perhaps inevitably, it is the island nation’s own manufacturers who have come up with the most innovative toys of all, including CCP Co’s ‘Nano-Falcon’, far right, the world’s smallest remote-controlled helicopter.

Toyota, normally known for its cars rather than toys, presented a concept model for the ‘Camatte 57S’, a fun-sized three-seater electric car, bottom left. The Camatte is designed so that “a child could drive it” – although whether parents would want them to is another matter.

There are even toys made with current affairs in mind. A display by the Japanese firm Dreams Come True  includes a miniature ‘SwingPets Abedot’ doll of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, top left.

That’s no match, however, for a crowd of life-size characters, main picture, from the popular fantasy animation series Dokidoki PreCure, or “Heart-Pounding! Pretty Cure”.